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Sunday, 17 November 2013

2014 Photography Calendar



My 2014 calendar is here and in my shop!



Very excited to be doing this for the 3rd year … and i think they get nicer each time! I will be bringing them along with me to any forthcoming craft fairs I am apart of. Otherwise order them online while stocks last.

There are also a few new colours added to my wristwarmer collection so go have a browse and tell me your fave…

So apparently there's only 5 and a half weeks until Christmas and then 7 and a half until 2014! What's that all about then? Must mean I'm getting old when years fly by as fast as they seem to these days.

 


Today was a beautiful autumn day - so we took a walk round our local park and as usual the colours of autumn never cease to amaze me. 

The girls loved throwing the leaves and squelching in the mud….. so much so Jemimah has asked for a muddy puddle for Christmas. I'm pretty sure we can sort that out for her! She's pictured here modelling her new winter hat I made from a pattern out of 'Simply Crochet' magazine. She loves it and I am loving the effect of the little puff stitches.
D is also wearing his new wristwarmers… 


Hope you had a lovely weekend! x

Monday, 28 October 2013

Day out at Ragley Hall.


We spent a beautiful autumn day last weekend at Ragley Hall. 


The adventure playground was a real highlight... we spent a good hour climbing the giant climbing frame and getting lost in the maze.




Statues... which are fake and which are real?




The stunning rose garden...





  



A lovely time it was and memories made... like when Jemimah decided to get down on all fours in the mud and pretend to be Anouk's puppy for the rest of the day, well if you can't do that when you're 5 - then really what's life all about eh?!  



p.s. Don't forget about my new online shop that I launched last week.... have you had a look?

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

NEW *online shop* !

And finally.... here it is! My ONLINE SHOP is now live. 



I'm excited, nervous & ever hopeful that you will like what you see and perhaps even buy something too! Please feel free to share (pin, like, blog) with friends that may also be interested...

The adult range of wristwarmers are the newest addition... all handmade, with beautiful high quality merino wool. They're practical, cosy and look great too... check out the 'lookbook' for more images.


Aside from those, there are wristwarmers for kids, plus knitted/crochet chunky cowls and my photography work in the form of greeting cards, postcards and very soon my 2014 calendars (I'll let you know).


Thanks for supporting my little business, it means a lot. x


(The website/shop was designed by myself, so if you do come across any glitches - please let me know, thanks!)

Monday, 23 September 2013

2014 calendar preview...


So after much blood, sweat and tears I'm excited to finally share the final images for my 
2014 calendar....
  
In order of each month:

Hopefully the calendar will soon be at at the printers and available to buy online mid-October, I'll keep you posted. It will be in a similar style to last years.

Some more good news... a local shop is now stocking my greeting cards and have agreed to take my calendars too which is fab and really helps get my work out there and noticed.

And finally, a shop update has happened.... you can now buy my greeting cards online in packs of 3 for just £5. Go see... there are 3 styles to choose from.

Hope it's been a good start to the week for you.
Love & Peace xx

Monday, 16 September 2013

Escape to the country

 Generally speaking I like to escape city life at the weekend and find some peace and space from the crowds. 






  





We headed out of town a couple of weekends back to explore some more of the countryside in these parts. It was a beautiful day, we got lost, we had fun, we picked blackberries and then a downpour soaked us and we were finally rescued by a kind lady driving by.
 We've lived in this part of England for just over a year and a half and there's still so much to discover, the area around the midlands still feels very new to us. This may have been the last of the warmer September days we were lucky enough to have... now we are we well into autumn and the green in these images will soon become orangey, yellowy.
Autumn is here. My favourite season. 

Monday, 9 September 2013

Keep cosy....

 I've just added kids wristwarmers to my shop. Handmade, hand crocheted by yours truly.

Personally I think they're cute and comfy and I love this fun new wool I've found for the kids range, with these lovely colours. Great for keeping hands warm... and because your useful little fingers stick out the top you can continue to wear them indoors too and still type & text (and pick your nose if you so wish!)

crochet handmade

My girls love theirs. :)



They're made to order... currently with a choice of 3 colours and 3 sizes. Although I'd be more than happy to make custom pair with the colour of your choice. So don't be shy. (Anouk is wearing a smokey grey pair.)

I love wearing my mustard ones too...


Go have a look here: http://carolyncarter.bigcartel.com


Sunday, 1 September 2013

{Our lovely stall.}

I used to love to play shops with my sisters when we were young... and my favourite thing was to be the 'shop lady'... so here I am, with my dear friend Katie fulfilling a little childhood dream in a way. :)

{Honest scrubs and face cream (far left).}

 {My greeting cards.}

{Handmade soap.}



Fortunately our things seem to compliment one another quite well, so sharing a table works and we have fun along the way. 

It was a lovely morning setting up and meeting some of the other crafters. We were in the village square right on the high street on a busy Saturday in Kings Heath, but it did surprise me, that despite the crowds - how few people wandered over to have a mooch round the stalls. It's so great when people are willing to support local artists, crafters and businesses. Unlike the mountains of tat and cheap imitations found on the high street, what we sell is good quality, unique & lovingly handmade products. So make sure you look up any markets or fairs that are happening near you and spend your money there instead. (Or look them up on etsy or folksy websites!)

Thank you to those who did come and say hi and purchased too! We appreciate your support.

This particular market is fairly new, so may take a bit of time to get going and for the word to spread... but it's a good start and I'm happy to be apart of it. We're hoping to attend some more especially in the run up to Christmas... so watch this space. 



p.s. We both sell online too...